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The Zeppelin companies in Germany

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no Deutsche Luftschiffahrts Aktien-Gesellschaft – DELAG (1909-1935) The first airline company in Germany was not an airline company in the way it could be defined, as its aim was not the opening of regular, sustained air services, but much more the transportation by rigid airships of passengers on joy-ride flights. First after the Great War, the full potential of the rigid airship was recognised and exploited, but for Germany it was too late (due to the Treaty of Versailles). Later in the twenties, new initiatives were started and up to the destruction of the Hindenburg in...

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Nordbayerischer Verkehrsflug GmbH – NOBA (1926-1931)

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no In many ways this was one of the most interesting domestic airline company’s in Europe. Its history spans over eight years and is marked by a constant battle for its existence and against its main opponent Deutsche Luft Hansa AG - DLH. The Aviation Law Gesetz über die Reichsverwaltung of December 15, 1933 and later the Verordnung über den Aufbau der Reichsluftfahrtsverwaltung of April 18, 1934 finally led to the end of the strong expansion of this popular airline company operating in south- and mid-Germany. The company’s history can be divided into two periods: 1....

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German regional airline companies (1918-1940) – Part 1

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no Today we start a new series of articles about regional airline companies in Germany. During the year between 1918 and 1940 many small airline company were formed. They usualy had a regional character were formed. We would like to present some of these airline companies. Below please find part 1: Luftverkehrs Aktien Gesellschaft Westfalen - WELU (1925-1936) Luftverkehrs-Gesellschaft Wilhelmshaven-Rüstringen mbH – LUWIR (1927-1937) Luftverkehrs Aktien Gesellschaft Westfalen WELU (1925-1936) The years 1924-25 showed the foundation of a number of German regional airline companies, which mainly aimed to propaganda aviation. Except that, some airline companies owned...

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By Whale to Oslo

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no On July 18, 2002 Lufthansa could celebrate the opening for 75 years ago of its air service to Oslo. From 1927 to 1933 the air service was operated by aircraft of the type Dornier Wal and Superwal. These aircraft were in Norway known as the “Aerobus to the Continent”. Many German (military) pilots gathered valuable flying experiences on this air service. Trying to get a connection One of the pioneers of Norwegian aviation was Captain Wilhelm Meisterlin. He was born in Trondheim, well 500 km north of Oslo, and carried the English rang of Captain...

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Bayerische Luft Lloyd Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (1919-1926)

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no One of the loveliest provinces of the German Reich and of present Germany is the Province of Bayern (Bavaria). Its size, its landscape and its history have been most interesting and many famous Germans came from the area. In 1912 the province sat up its own air force: the Die Koniglich Bayerischen Fliegertruppen.  But after the Great War civil aviation had to start all over again. One of the highlights in 1919 was the air show arrangement by former military pilots Ritter von Greim and Oberleutnant Ernst Udet. They managed to get two unused Fokker-aircraft...

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Air Traffic with Rumpler-Werke AG

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no One of the earliest airline companies in Germany was the airline department of the Bayerische Rumpler-Werke. The aircraft manufacturer was known for its Rumpler C I and Rumpler C IV, built in large numbers during the Great War. After 1919 it entered just as Junkers Flugzeugwerk AG the civil airline business and started up routes in the south of Germany. In 1922 the airline department was reconstructed into an airline company and was by now partially owned by Junkers Flugzeugwerk AG. In January 1926 it became a part of Deutsche Luft Hansa AG. Bayerische Rumpler-Werke...

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Société Anonyme Air Bleu (1935-1937)

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no One of the most interesting airline companies of pre-War Europe was the Air Bleu. It was formed as an airmail carrier and started up as a private venture. Its history forms an important part of French civil aviation. One of the main advantages of the aircraft was its high speed compared with the automobile and later also train. The first idea after the Great War was to set up European airmail service that should be operated by the military. Gradually the civilian airline companies managed to take over the service and soon air services were...

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Société des Transports Aéronautiques du Sud-Ouest – STASO (1919-1920) and Compagnie Franco-Bilbaïne de Transports Aéronautiques – CFB (1920-1923)

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no Société des Transports Aéronautiques du Sud-Ouest – STASO (1919-1920) One month after the Armistice the casinos of Biarritz started to think about a way to attract the wealthy millionaires of France to Biarritz again. They scheduled the opening of the casinos in May 1919 and the managers of the casinos decided to work together and finance the formation of a small airline company. The Société des Transports Aéronautiques du Sud-Ouest - STASO (the Transport Aeronautic Company of the Southwest) was the third airline company to be founded in France (after the Lignes Aérienne Farman and...

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Compagnie Ostendaise de Traveaux et Transport – Aero-Maritimes – Aeromar (1925-1926)

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no At the end of the Great War (1914-1918) Belgium was one of the victorious countries. The German aircraft factory Junkers Flugzeugwerk AG (Jfa) saw therefore no interest in selling it German manufactured aircraft to this country. But in the middle of the twenties of the last century an French born Belgian entered the offices of Jfa and asked for an aeroplane… The author would be interested to know the exact date of foundation of Aeromar and the stock capital and stockholders of the company. If anyone has newspaper articles from that time we would be...

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